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The 19th International Meetings Exhibition (IME 2009)- An ideal exhibition for searching for MICE venues

IME 2009, Japan’s only major meeting and incentive travel exhibition, will be held on December 8-9, 2009 at the Tokyo International Forum.

Last year, the exhibition was attended by almost 3,000 selected key organizers and planners, representing various national associations and academic institutions, and incentive tour and corporate meeting agencies. Exhibitors include, but not limited to, the convention cities, convention facilities, professional meeting organizers, destination management companies that are enthusiastic about holding conventions as well as companies related to accommodations and transportation, and -of course, JNTO. In addition, Macao and Croatia will wait for you at their own booth this year.

In conjunction with IME, Japan Tourism Agency and JNTO will once again run the Hosted Buyers Program “Japan Incentive Showcase”, inviting approximately 30 incentive planners from Asian countries to provide an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Japan through visiting convention cities around the country and through the business sessions with a variety of buyers at IME. For registrations, please check the website or contact the IME 2009 secretariat office.

IME2009 Secretariat Office
c/o Congress Corporation
Kohsai-kaikan Bldg., 5-1, Kojimachi, Chiyodaku, Tokyo 102-8481
TEL:+81-3-5216-5582/FAX: +81-3-5216-5552
Call for participants in Meet Japan 2010

JNTO invites association executives and international meeting planners to promote Japan as an international convention destination under the Hosted Buyers Program “Meet Japan” every year. The next occasion, Meet Japan 2010, is scheduled for the week from February 25, 2010.

If you are planning to hold an international conference in Japan in the near future, this is a great opportunity for you to inspect candidate cities that suit the requirements and gather first-hand information about convention and tourist amenities.

Slots are still open, so don’t miss this chance!

For further details, see the Meet Japan 2010

What's Up in Japan

Michelin Guide to Kyoto & Osaka 2010 now on sale

On October 16, 2009, the French tire maker Michelin published a restaurant ranking guide to Kyoto and Osaka. This is the second Michelin guide in Japan after Tokyo, and the lineup now includes 27 titles in 23 countries.

The highest ranking of three stars was awarded to six restaurants in Kyoto and one in Osaka. Including those with one and two stars, the guidebook lists a whopping 150 establishments, reflecting the wide variety of Kansai culinary culture. Several places serving local specialties were selected as well. With six in the top rank, Kyoto now has the third highest number of three-starred restaurants in the world, after only Paris (with 10) and Tokyo (9).

How about a trip to relish the refined cuisine of Kyoto or the creativity of the spirited chefs of Osaka?

Meet the winter in Kyoto!

Kyoto is famous for its beautiful townscape surrounded by rich and beautiful nature throughout the year, and in the winter off-season too it remains a very attractive destination for international conventions and incentive travels.

This winter, Kyoto City will once again host its popular “Kyoto Winter Special” campaign from December 1, 2009, through March 31, 2010, and a large number of hotels and other facilities provide special plans. For example, the Hyatt Regency Kyoto offers one free room or an upgrade of two rooms when booking at least 15 rooms. Many restaurants will prepare special menus or present their guests with small original gifts.

Snow-covered wintertime Kyoto not only provides a serene and mysterious scenery in its own right, but also gives you a chance to fully enjoy various famous tourist sites, free from the crowds of spring and fall. World heritage and cultural treasures owned by temples and shrines will be open to public especially during the campaign, providing you with an exceptional opportunity to savor traditional Japanese culture.

Among the highlights of the campaign period are the nighttime illumination events “Arashiyama Hanatouro” and “Higashiyama Hanatouro,” visited by over 2 million people every year. The streets are ornamented with some 2,500 paper lanterns and flower arrangements that transform the city into a fairy-tale landscape.

For further details of all the special events during this campaign, see the following website:

Kyoto Winter Special 2010
Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Sales and Marketing Division, tel: +81-75-541-3161
Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro 2009
Period: December 11 (Friday) – 20 (Sunday)
Illumination hours: 17:30 - 20:30
Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro 2010
Period: March 13 (Saturday) – 22 (Monday, national holiday)
Illumination hours: 18:00 – 21:30
Tea party with maiko
Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (excluding national holidays) in December, 2009 – February, 2010
Time: 14:30 – 17:00
Venue: Tea Ceremony Classroom, Yasaka Kaikan Hall, 2nd Floor
Fee: 500 yen (30 minutes)

Upcoming events in 2010

Here are the major art and cultural events scheduled to take place in Japan during 2010. Why not take the opportunity to incorporate these events in your plans for international conference excursions or incentive travels?
The 1300th Anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo
Period: January 1 – December 31, 2010
Venue: Nara City (Main venue: Heijo Palace Site)
During the year-long celebrations of the 1300th anniversary of Heijo-kyo, Japan’s first capital, various events will take place throughout Nara Prefecture. The buildings of the ancient capital will be restored, national and cultural treasures will be on display, and various events will let you experience how life was in Nara all those many centuries ago.

Aichi Triennale
Period: August 21 (Sat) – October 31 (Sun), 2010
Venues: Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya City Art Museum, the Chojamachi district
With the theme of “Arts and Cities”, this inaugural event will create an exciting and euphoric atmosphere by introducing cutting-edge trends through the exhibition of contemporary art works from around the world and the staging of performing arts such as dance, music and theatre.
Setouchi International Art Festival 2010
Period: July 7 (Monday, national holiday) – October 31 (Sunday), 2010
Venue: Seven islands in the Seto Inland Sea (Main venues: Naoshima, Takamatsu)
From time immemorial, the beautiful seascape of the Seto Inland Sea has been a major thoroughfare where ships came and went, spreading new styles and customs. The Setouchi International Art Festival aims to revitalize the cultural and historical heritage of the Seto Inland Sea islands through contemporary art. The main venue of Naoshima is fast becoming a tourist hotspot, and was recently listed in the American magazine Condé Nast Traveler as “one of the seven places in the world you should see next.” It has also become famous as a sacred place for contemporary art with a number of museums, including the Chichu Art Museum by the renowned architect Tadao Ando, and the Benesse House, which combines a museum with hotel facilities.
Shigaraki Art Festival 2010
Period: October 1 (Friday) – November 23 (Tuesday, national holiday), 2010
Venue: Shigaraki area of Koka City, Shiga Prefecture; Shiga Prefectural Ceramic Park, Miho Museum
A ceramic arts festival that will transform the whole city of Shigaraki into an open-air museum, celebrating its 1000-year-long history of pottery. During the festival period, the city will bustle with demonstrations of traditional techniques for making Shigaraki-ware, exhibitions of works by Japanese and international artists, as well as pottery and art markets.

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